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January 21, 2009

Weight Watchers is Starting a New Session

There will be an informational meeting of Weight Watchers on Jan. 26 at noon in the Wildcat Den in the MUB. The first regular meeting will take place on Feb. 2 at noon, also in the Wildcat Den.  The session will go for 12 weeks and cost $144.  This charge is reimbursed by Harvard Pilgrim for any eligible employee. Come join us and learn about the new “Momentum” program.  Hope to see you there! 

Have something to talk about? The Speakers Bureau Wants You

Join an impressive list of more than 200 UNH faculty and staff and share your knowledge with citizens of New Hampshire. The UNH Speakers Bureau is an outreach program of the university connecting faculty and staff with non-profit organizations around the state to share their expertise through speaking engagements. In 2008, Speakers Bureau members gave more than 125 presentations around the state reaching more than 4,000 New Hampshire citizens.

All faculty and staff are eligible to join. This is a terrific opportunity to promote your current research, make your knowledge available to the public, and to have an impact in the community. Visit the website to learn more or call us at 2-4401. If you are a current member and have not recently updated your information, please visit the website to view your profile.

2008-2009 Traditional Jazz Series

On Feb. 2, vibraphonist and former New Hampshire resident Ed Saindon teams up with the versatile soprano saxophonist and composer Dave Liebman for the sixth annual Tommy Gallant Memorial Scholarship concert. Bassist Dave Clark and drummer Mark Walker will also perform.
Russell Malone appears with his quartet on March 2. Largely self-taught, Malone’s awesome technique and versatility in the swing, bebop and blues idioms make him sought after by many major jazz figures including Harry Connick, Benny Green and Diana Krall. He also appeared in Robert Altman’s movie “Kansas City.”
The series wraps up on April 13 with Bria and Jim’s Borderline Jazz Band featuring trombonist Jim Fryer and Canadian trumpet sensation Bria Skonberg. Other New England favorites appear as well including banjoist/vocalist Jimmy Mazzy and clarinetist John Clark.

Faculty Concert Series Sunday, Jan. 25

The music department’s Faculty Concert Series presents “All Across the City—A Tribute to Jazz Guitarist Jim Hall” featuring David Newsam, guitar, Fred Haas, sax and piano, David Clark, bass and James Lattini, drums, on Sunday, Jan. 25, in the Bratton Recital Hall of the Paul Creative Arts Center.

The program includes Hall’s compositions along with standards from the classic recording of Jim Hall with jazz legends Ron Carter, Bill Evans, Sonny Rollins and Paul Desmond.

Hall, born in Buffalo and educated at the Cleveland Institute of Music, moved to Los Angeles where he began to attract attention in the late 1950s. By 1960, he had arrived in New York to work with Sonny Rollins and Art Farmer. His live and recorded collaborations with Bill Evans, Paul Desmond and Ron Carter are legendary. As composer and arranger, he won the New York Jazz Critics Circle Award for Best Jazz Composer/Arranger in 1997.

Newsam, a resident artist at UNH, is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, and has recently completed his studies in the modern American music program at Longy School of Music. He currently works as an assistant professor in the guitar department at Berklee where he has taught since 1989. He is also a senior lecturer in music at Dartmouth College.

Haas is a graduate and senior lecturer in music at Dartmouth College. He is the founder of Interplay Jazz Camp, and has recorded many CDs, including several for his own JazzToons label. He is an active performer and composer, traveling internationally to play and teach with a variety of jazz groups.

Clark grew up learning to play jazz in the rich musical environment of Philadelphia. He was twice recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Study Grant, and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in composition from the New England Conservatory of Music, and is now a professor at the Berklee College of Music.
          
Lattini earned a B.A. in music education from the University of Lowell and an master’s of music in percussion performance from Boston University and is currently assistant professor of percussion at the University of Massachusetts—Lowell, drum and percussion instructor in the Lexington Public Schools and private instructor in Methuen, Mass.

The concert is free and open to the public.  For more information, call the music department at 2-2404.

Study Abroad Fair Jan. 27

The annual Study Abroad Fair organized by the UNH Center for International Education is going to be held on Jan.27 in the Granite State Room at the MUB between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
 
In one stop, one place, students will be able to find the study abroad program that is just right for them. Representatives of travel agencies, specialized bookstores, financial aid, visas and US postal services will be present to provide information.

More than 30 professional study abroad program providers as well as directors, administrators and/or former students from all the different study abroad programs managed by UNH will be on hand as well.
 
Every student on campus should have a chance to live and learn abroad during his or her undergraduate career at UNH. A well-planned study abroad experience is powerfully transformative and can change our perspective on the world forever.
 
The Study Abroad Fair is a great chance to think globally and to map out a UNH education where an international focus is given a prime role. It is an event that students look forward to, it is educational and it is fun.

 
Celebrity Series Presents Sweet Honey in the Rock Jan. 26

UNH’s Celebrity Series will present Sweet Honey in the Rock, a female a cappella group, Monday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre of the Paul Creative Arts Center.

Sweet Honey in the Rock is a Grammy Award winning vocal ensemble committed to creating music out of the rich textures of the African American legacy and tradition. The group was formed by Bernice Johnson Reagon in 1973 at the D.C. Black Repertory Theater Company.

Reagon’s music displays flavors of blues, spirituals, gospel, reggae, African chants, hip hop, ancient lullabies, and jazz improvisation. The group’s repertoire speaks from the music of the black church, the calls of the civil rights movement, and songs of the struggle for justice everywhere. The name, Sweet Honey in the Rock, comes from Psalm 81:16, which describes the promise to a people to be fed by the honey from a rock. Comprised of five singers and one sign-language interpreter, the group tours the world singing songs of hope, love, justice, peace, and resistance. This concert is being sign interpreted.  

Tickets, priced at $50 general admission and $20 for youth, are available by calling the MUB at 2-2290 Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets can now be purchased online at www.unhmub.com/ticket/.

Winter Parking Ban in Effect

The winter parking began Dec.1 and continues nightly through March 31, 2009. During this time most campus parking lots are closed, regardless of the weather, from midnight to 6 a.m. with the exception of designated exempt lots and conditionally available lots. 

Weather conditional after-midnight parking is conditionally available in C lot and B lot, in addition to the normally exempt lots. On nights where there is no declared snow emergency, and no snow is falling or predicted, cars may be parked in either of these lots without penalty. However, if a snow emergency is called, cars must be removed from these lots before midnight or face ticketing and towing.

For more information go to unh.edu/transportation/parking/wpb.htm, or call the UNH Transportation Services Office at 2-1010.

Faculty Members Remind Your Students to Register for URC

The 10th Annual URC will take place April 17-25, 2009. Registration opens Dec.1 and will remain open until early March 2009.The Undergraduate Research Conference is a defining event at UNH. At the weeklong symposium, hundreds of students from all academic disciplines present the results of their scholarly and creative research in an array of professional and artistic venues campus-wide. Demonstrations, performances, a world-renowned keynote speaker, and special guests add to the excitement of the annual conference.
For more information visit http://www.unh.edu/urc/.

Health Services Offers Free Light Therapy to Students, Faculty and Staff

Are you feeling sad, anxious or irritable? Having problems concentrating? Feeling less energized than usual? Sleeping more or having lower quality of sleep? Eating more and/or craving carbohydrates?

You may be more than a little blue; you may be experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is a pattern of seasonal depression, occurring every year in the early months of winter and lasting until spring.

Light therapy is one form of treatment of SAD, and is available at Health Services for UNH student, faculty and staff seven days a week.

Daily appointments are recommended, preferably in the morning. Session lengths range from 15 minutes to 2 hours, most session usually lasting 20-30 minutes.

For diagnosis and treatment, students are encouraged to make an appointment with a medical clinician at Health Services or a counselor at the Counseling Center.

To schedule a session call 2-3823. Students: to make an appointment with a Health Services medical clinician call 2-1806. For an appointment with a counselor at the Counseling Center call 2-2090.

Yoga Classes at Campus Rec

Basic hatha style yoga classes are offered at the Campus Recreation Center Monday through Saturday for students, rec center members and non-members, and the community. Six-class session: $30/student or recreation center member; $50/non-members. Basic exercise mats provided. Yoga mats may be purchased at the Recreation Center or you may bring your own mat/towel.

For a class schedule go to http://campusrec.unh.edu/index.cfm?id=64C9465D-D97E-AFD2-BBB892A5ACD83F5E. .

Massage Therapy Available

Health Services offers 50-minute massages with licensed massage therapists. Traditional: $35 student/$45 faculty & staff; hot stone, $45 student/$55 faculty & staff. Cash, credit card, check and Cats Cache accepted.

Gift certificates may be purchased by visiting Health Services or calling 2-3823. Gift certificates may only be purchased for and used by current UNH students, faculty and staff. For an appointment call 2-3823 or go to Health Services, room 249. For more information go to www.unh.edu/health-services

Lactation Room Available

Dimond Library and the UNH President’s Commission on the Status of Women would like to call attention to a lactation room that is available in Dimond Library. This private room contains a hospital-grade Medela breast pump, a gliding rocker, a refrigerator, and soft music. The room is designed for nursing and milk expression. A key can be checked out at the main circulation desk of the library. Please contact Pam Lehman at 2-1512 or the commission office at 2-1058 for more information.


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